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Vintage Fair returns to Ilkley Playhouse this month

Ilkley Vintage Fair returns to Ilkley Playhouse on Saturday 28th October. The biannual event will once again showcase a host of timeless retro pieces to delight shoppers and unleash a wave of nostalgia for visitors.

The Weston Road venue plays host to the popular event with 20 stalls selling all kinds of vintage clothing for women and men, homeware, vinyl, kitchenware, furniture, toys and many more retro items. This month’s fair will also see the return of Interlude Tea Room from Shipley, selling savoury and sweet food and hot and cold drinks.

Doors open at 10am, with many of the top vintage sellers from across Yorkshire and the north of England presenting their wares for the people of Ilkley to browse until 4pm.

Organiser Jill Coulson of Burley-in-Wharfedale business Alfie Robot Retro says it is the perfect opportunity to find unique and sustainable gifts for loved ones: “’Vintage’ generally refers to items produced between the 1920s and 1980s,” says Jill, “and there are so many different classic designs and styles on display. From maxi dresses to Portmeirion Pottery, a wealth of vinyl records to timeless jewellery. We make sure we cater for all tastes and all budgets, and one of the best things about gifting vintage is that it’s likely that your present will really stand out as being different.

“Giving pre-loved items a new home and lease of life is exactly what we should all be doing nowadays, reducing the constant demand for new, cheaply made disposable products that are doing no good for the planet. Come along and treat your friends, family or yourself to something that really is a piece of history and which will last for years.“

Among the traders making their debut at the Ilkley Playhouse Vintage Fair this month is Diane Hartley who sells vintage bags under the name TheBagLadyD: “When I started TheBagLadyD my aim was to bring good quality, genuine vintage to Yorkshire. I have traded with Jill before at other fairs, and they are a great mix of vintage. I booked Ilkley, as the venue is in a lovely historic area which is definitely worth a wander around too, makes it a great day out!”

Ilkley Vintage Fair takes place at Ilkley Playhouse on Saturday 28th October. Doors are open from 10am until 4pm and entry is £1 per person (under 16s are free).


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